Genesis 6: 7 And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. 9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make thee an ark…
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. I think this is the first time the word grace is mentioned in the Bible. Even back then someone—Noah—found grace. Grace is what keeps God from destroying the world now. Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. He came to deliver from sin. He came to be Savior. Through the work of Calvary the door was opened. By trusting Jesus we find grace. Ephesians 2 says it’s not of works or efforts we do.
The world had gotten into a wicked condition in just a few hundred years. Both Seth and Cain’s grandchildren were born sinners, but Seth’s called on the name of the Lord when they reached an age of accountability with God. Now, as then, some accept Jesus and some do not. Many decided not to follow God. People follow foolish things and don’t follow God. In the judgment hall of God there are not lots of ways to please God—just one.
Hebrews 11:7 says by faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Noah was a sinner but he called on the name of the Lord. God looked on him in favor. Methuselah served the Lord through his 969 years. God saw the condition of the earth. He said I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth. There was no remedy except the judgment of God. The only way was to wipe it all out. We are now living in days just like the days of Noah. The judgment is coming. Even the unsaved know something is about to happen. Threats of terrorism are real. It could happen here.
Noah acted on his faith. People wanted Noah to jump on their bandwagons but they all headed to hell. We’re all individuals and free moral agents. We don’t have to be deceived. God gave us a brain with some plain old common sense. If we don’t want to see our need of God, we’re blind. Some act as it they’re gods themselves. Noah realized he could say no. He stood firm making a statement with his life not to forsake God. It’s getting tougher and tougher. Many are forsaking God. Remember this: wherever two or three are gathered in Jesus’ name he’s in the midst. We are not outnumbered.
Noah wasn’t a superhero. He was a normal person and we can have as much faith as he did if we put it in the same God. We don’t have to let God down. Why did Noah find grace? He sought it. His eyes were not blind to how wicked people were and how they defied God. God will always have his two or three. I’d rather be in the minority than in the majority that ends up in hell. Noah realized he needed God’s grace and mercy. Whatever judgment comes to this world, God’s grace is upon those who trust him. Let’s use that grace properly. Noah needed it and called on God for it. God didn’t overlook that. Even in our hopeless times we too can find grace. Noah did.
Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. He dared to be different. He used grace to live his life. God told him to make an ark. There had been no rain before yet a man in the middle of the desert was told he needed a boat. God was going to destroy the world but take care of Noah. We have an ark in Jesus Christ. People think we’re foolish, but the only thing that makes sense is finding God and his grace. We’re close to the countdown being over. Be bold with the testimony God wants from us. Noah obeyed God and it all happened. As a just man he wasn’t in and out. He made a point every day to live for God.
It took 120 years to build the ark. God gave him the blueprints and he built it. Go by God’s blueprints not the devil’s. His has more holes than a dozen doughnuts. God showed them how to build it. God kept it together. Burdens of this world are huge. Things are falling apart. The people who have it together are God’s people. He gives victory. If Noah can find grace, we can too. I can see Noah asking the Lord if he had it right and the wicked making fun of him, but he let them know judgment was coming.
Be faithful to build your ark. Take care to tell people about the Savior. When the floods come, just be in the ark. The Lord closed the door of the ark and they were saved from the cataclysm of the flood. Don’t throw your hammer down. Don’t quit working. Many may quit but you don’t have to. Keep working until the last one gets in the door.
What will get you through? The grace of God. If God could do that for Noah he can do it for us. We need grace to face the days ahead. God is still willing to give us what we need.